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San Francisco has been beautifying itself for years with street murals, contemporary art houses, fine art museums and eye-popping galleries. But the city's art scene goes beyond the curated; it flows into the veins of its denizens who live for the moment to hear the cool sound of jazz or attend a street festival bursting with the next generation of local artists.

The Mission's Murals

Who said pictures can't talk? View the extensive yet vibrant murals that come to life in The Mission's exterior walls. You can also visit the Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Centre on your way.

First Thursday Art

Every month, the city hosts First Thursday Art; a happy hour for art lovers to view the latest sculpture or canvas. The art party takes place on the first Thursday of each month between 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

The Beat Museum

Visit The Beat Museum on Broadway. Here you can delve into the memorabilia and letters of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg and other Beat Generation luminaries. Also a great spot to enjoy live jazz and poetry readings.


There are many must-experience museums so start planning. The iconic de Young Museum will soon be outflanked by the new SFMOMA, which has just undergone a restoration project and opens in May, 2016. Keeping company with the giants are the National Maritime Museum, Asian-Art Museum, Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD), Contemporary Jewish Museum, California Historic Society and Legion of Honor.


The California Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park; an architectural feast which boasts a 1.01 hectare living Eden on its roof. Factor in some extra time to visit its aquarium, earthquake exhibit and planetarium, which propels you through space and time.


Watch the San Francisco Ballet interpret the classics; Swan Lake and Nutcracker. If ballet is not for you, there are many theatre productions, operas, musicals, standup comedy acts and concerts that will keep you busy in the evenings. Check your apps for the latest listings at the Golden Gate Theatre, Orpheum, San Francisco Playhouse, War Memorial Opera House and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.


The city is alive with sound. Cool sound. From the local jazz bars to the international rock acts and visiting virtuosos, there are always headline-grabbing programs or live music every month.